Trudy Thornton gained entry at Tauranga yesterday to an elite jockeys' club.

The 53-year-old posted the 1000th riding success of her career when she drove the John Revell-trained longshot Gangster's Lass to a memorable victory in the Crockford Real Estate Maiden.

"It was lovely to do it for Mr Revell, he's been a great supporter of mine," said Thornton, who returned to a rousing birdcage reception.

"I haven't really chased this. It's about balance with the family -- family means everything to me, but it is a great achievement."


Thornton, whose daughter Samantha Collett is also a successful jockey, rode her first winner in the 1982-83 season as an amateur before she took out an apprenticeship.

She has proved herself a versatile rider with her career tally including 37 Group or Listed successes, as well as eight over fences. Thornton said she had no intention of hanging up her riding boots any time soon.

"I do it for my love of riding ... and the money!" she said. "I still enjoy what I'm doing and if I had my time over I'd do it all again."